09 January 2009
NHS trust admits clinical negligence after girl dies during operation
An NHS trust has admitted clinical negligence after a five-year-old girl died during a routine surgical procedure.
Bethany Bowen was admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital - which was opened in the 1970s - in July 2006 to have her spleen removed, the Daily Mail reports.
Unbeknown to her parents, the medic who was to perform the operation was a trainee and the team had decided to trial a piece of equipment which had never been used on a child.
Bethany died on the operating table from a ruptured aorta.
Just over 18 months later, her father died from a heart attack, which was allegedly a result of stress caused by the loss of his daughter.
Bethany's mother said: "If it hadn't been for the arrogance of the surgeons involved, [she] would still be alive."
After admitting liability, the NHS trust responsible has paid the family £10,000, which has been donated to Bethany's old school.
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